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Hello everyone,

 

First post on here so apologies if its in the wrong area.

 

Myself and two of my friends are thinking of visiting Jackson Hole next Season for a vacation. We are all what i would consider intermediate snowboarders. We are looking for a powder rich mountain as we aren't fans of the icy/groomed piste. Previously we have enjoyed the symphony Amphitheatre whistler and last year we enjoyed the chair 6 area of Breckenridge, looking for something similar for next season. All the reviews i have read of Jackson comment on the advanced nature of the terrain and the steep runs. I feel comfortable on these when there has been a good dump of powder but I'm worried that we might find the mountain too challenging if there isn't much fresh and we find ourselves on steep icy runs.

 

Basically I would like to know if the deep powder i read about is only found in backcountry areas ? Obviously I know it depends on weather but as a group of guys with limited off piste experience is Jackson Worth it?

 

 

Thanks

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Welcome to Epicski, CraigUK.  There is plenty of intermediate terrain at Jackson; it just doesn't get the publicity that the steep stuff does.  As far as deep powder, it is like all ski areas in that you have to have a bit of luck with the weather.  Being willing to do some inbounds hiking will help you hit the powder.  That being said, you can get 'luckier' by scheduling your trip later in the season.  When do you plan on making the trip?

 

I wouldn't be too concerned about icy runs.  It happens, but not that frequently.

 

If you do some searches for Jackson Hole topics, you'll be hard pressed to find anyone who's regretted making the trip to Wyoming.

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Did you see this marvelous guide on Jackson Hole?  It will leave you drooling for a visit.

 

http://www.epicski.com/wiki/jackson-hole-guide-to-skiing-jackson-hole-mountain-resort

 

Many folks who visit JH for a week take a day to ski/ride at another nearby ski area called Grand Targhee, it is smaller, but known for powder to the max. 

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Welcome to Epicski, CraigUK.  There is plenty of intermediate terrain at Jackson; it just doesn't get the publicity that the steep stuff does.  As far as deep powder, it is like all ski areas in that you have to have a bit of luck with the weather.  Being willing to do some inbounds hiking will help you hit the powder.  That being said, you can get 'luckier' by scheduling your trip later in the season.  When do you plan on making the trip?

 

I wouldn't be too concerned about icy runs.  It happens, but not that frequently.

 

If you do some searches for Jackson Hole topics, you'll be hard pressed to find anyone who's regretted making the trip to Wyoming.


Thanks SpikeDog, we are looking at the first two weeks of February. Looking at the Piste Map, in terms of Inbound hiking where do you recommend?

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Ah, now you're asking to give up the secret stashes.  Look above the Bridger restaurant at a run called Coombs.  It's on the Headwall access, and it's in plain sight of the gondola traverse Lupine Way.  Normally this means it gets tracked up immediately, but most skiers go past it to get to steeper stuff in Casper Bowl.  It's listed as an expert, but is very 'doable' for a capable intermediate.  There are plenty of other runs to excite you, but of course it depends on the snowfall.

 

As Jamesj mentions, the nearby resort Grand Targhee is well known for its powder.  If you were looking for an absolute sure thing for deep powder, Grand Targhee is it!  There's a shuttle bus from Jackson to Grand Targhee every day in February, so you can make an easy day trip out of it.

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OK thanks for the advice guys. Grand Targhee looks like the place to be, defiantly have to take the bus over there one day. Thanks for the guide link jamesj really useful.

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Targhee busy

Picture of Targhee on a "busy" spring day last year. If you're looking for powder and moderate terrain, this is the place!

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OK thanks for the advice guys. Grand Targhee looks like the place to be, defiantly have to take the bus over there one day. Thanks for the guide link jamesj really useful.


Not to be a nattering nabob of negativity, but I've been to JHole twice and both times made the drive over to Targhee

and regretted it both times.

It's nickname is Grand Foghee for it's frequency of cloud whiteouts. You could barely

see the chair in front of you on the lift. You can get away with some tree skiing, but nothing but hyper turning slow skiing

everywhere else. You might get lucky and have clear weather, it is a nice mountain and has lots of powder, but

none of that matters in a whiteout. Locals told us most of the time it's socked in, something about it's layout

captures clouds for days on end.
 

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